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Living Life: Stories of Women, Men and Changing Roles in the 20th Century
A new book and website on gender equity in education
Developed by Education Development Center, Inc., and funded by the Ford Foundation

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American Association of University Women (AAUW):
AAUW promotes education and equity for all women and girls, lifelong education, and positive societal change. The Association—with more than 100,000 members, 1,300 branches, and 550 college/university institution partners nationwide—advocates education and equity. Since its founding in 1881, members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day—educational, social, economic, and political. Our commitment to our mission is reflected in all aspects of our work.

American Educational Research Association:
AERA is the most prominent international professional organization with the primary goal of advancing educational research and its practical application. Its 22,000 members are educators; administrators; directors of research; persons working with testing or evaluation in federal, state and local agencies; counselors; evaluators; graduate students; and behavioral scientists. The broad range of disciplines represented by the membership includes education, psychology, statistics, sociology, history, economics, philosophy, anthropology, and political science.

American Sociological Association:
A non-profit membership association based in Washington, DC, dedicated to advancing sociology as a scientific discipline and profession serving the public good. The ASA Section on Race, Gender, and Class supports research, teaching and practice that examines the interactive effects of race, gender, and class phenomena, and a curriculum which underscores the centrality of race, gender, and class in society and in sociological analysis.

Anti-Defamation League:
The immediate object of the League is to stop, by appeals to reason and conscience and, if necessary, by appeals to law, the defamation of the Jewish people. Its ultimate purpose is to secure justice and fair treatment to all citizens alike and to put an end forever to unjust and unfair discrimination against and ridicule of any sect or body of citizens. The ADL education section has information on a World of Difference and other education related materials and programs that counter hate.

The ASPIRA Association, Inc. is the only national nonprofit organization devoted solely to the education and leadership development of Puerto Rican and other Latino youth. ASPIRA takes its name from the Spanish verb "aspirar" or to aspire. Since 1961 ASPIRA has pursued its mission of empowering the Latino community through the development of its youth. All of ASPIRA's goals and activities spring from one basic belief: Puerto Ricans and Latinos have the collective potential to move their community forward.

Association for Gender Equity Leadership in Education (AGELE):
The mission of the Association for Gender Equity Leadership in Education (AGELE) is to provide leadership in the identification and infusion of gender equity in all educational programs and processes, and within parallel equity concerns, including, but not limited to, age, disability, ethnicity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation and socio-economic status.

Association for Women in Mathematics:
The purpose of the Association for Women in Mathematics is to encourage women and girls to study and to have active careers in the mathematical sciences, and to promote equal opportunity and the equal treatment of women and girls in the mathematical sciences.

Business and Professional Women/USA:
BPW/USA fosters the success of workingwomen by providing career advancement resources, worklife strategies and personal and professional connections.

Delta Sigma Theta:
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide assistance and support through established programs in local communities throughout the world. A sisterhood of more than 200,000 predominately Black college educated women, the sorority focuses on five areas: Economic Development, Educational Development, International Awareness and Involvement, Physical and Mental Health, and Political Awareness and Involvement.

Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund:
Founded in 1979 by people with disabilities and parents of children with disabilities, the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, Inc. (DREDF) is a national law and policy center dedicated to protecting and advancing the civil rights of people with disabilities through legislation, litigation, advocacy, technical assistance, and education and training of attorneys, advocates, persons with disabilities, and parents of children with disabilities.

Facing History and Ourselves:
Facing History and Ourselves is based on the belief that education in a democracy must be what Alexis de Tocqueville called "an apprenticeship in liberty." Facing History helps students find meaning in the past and recognize the need for participation and responsible decision making. Students must know not only the triumphs of history, but also the failures, the tragedies and the humiliations. Facing History believes that students must be trusted to examine history in all of its complexities, including its legacies of prejudice and discrimination, resilience and courage. This trust encourages young people to develop a voice in the conversations of their peer culture, as well as in the critical discussions and debates of their community and nation.

The Ford Foundation:
The Ford Foundation is a resource for innovative people and institutions worldwide. Our goals are to:
  • Strengthen democratic values,
  • Reduce poverty and injustice,
  • Promote international cooperation and
  • Advance human achievement
  • This has been our purpose for more than half a century.

    Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN):
    GLSEN strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.

    Girls Inc:
    Girls Inc. has empowered girls for over 141 years, first as Girls Clubs of America and since 1990 as Girls Incorporated. In centers across the country, generations of girls have learned their strengths, explored their worlds, prepared for productive, interesting lives, and offered each other the support necessary in dealing with the challenges of growing up.

    Since 1985 the Guerrilla Girls take the names of dead women artists as pseudonyms and appear in public wearing gorilla masks. In 20 years we have produced over 100 posters, stickers, books, printed projects, and actions that expose sexism and racism in politics, the art world, film and the culture at large. We use humor to convey information, provoke discussion, and show that feminists can be funny. We wear gorilla masks to focus on the issues rather than our personalities. Dubbing ourselves the conscience of culture, we declare ourselves feminist counterparts to the mostly male tradition of anonymous do-gooders like Robin Hood, Batman, and the Lone Ranger. Our work has been passed around the world by kindred spirits who we are proud to have as supporters. The mystery surrounding our identities has attracted attention. We could be anyone; we are everywhere.

    Human Rights Watch:
    Dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world, we stand with victims and activists to prevent discrimination, to uphold political freedom, to protect people from inhumane conduct in wartime, and to bring offenders to justice. We investigate and expose human rights violations and hold abusers accountable. We challenge governments and those who hold power to end abusive practices and respect international human rights law. We enlist the public and the international community to support the cause of human rights for all.

    MANA: A National Latina Organization:
    MANA, empowers Latinas through leadership development, community service and advocacy. MANA is a national community of Latinas actively working to create a better quality of life for Hispanics. MANA accomplishes its mission through programs in two focus areas: (1) AvanZamos, a chapter-based, formal leadership development program for adult Latinas and (2) HERMANITAS® , a national initiative focused on encouraging adolescent girls to stay in school and to pursue high academic goals.

    National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity:
    The National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE) is a consortium of state and local agencies, corporations, and national organizations that collaborate to create equitable and diverse classrooms and workplaces where there are no barriers to opportunities. NAPE activities include: improving the achievement of students and special populations in secondary and postsecondary programs that lead to high-skill, high-wage, and nontraditional careers; educational materials that promote equitable learning environments; analyze federal accountability data and publishes reports to impact public policy and local program improvement; and, provide technical assistance to states and local agencies regarding the implementation of Perkins, WIA, Title IX, TANF, and other legislation related to education and workforce development

    National Association for the Advancement of Colored People:
    The real story of the nation's most significant civil rights organization lies in the hearts and minds of the people who would not stand still while the rights of some of America's darker citizens were denied. From the ballot box to the classroom, the dedicated workers, organizers, and leaders who forged this great organization and maintain its status as a champion of social justice, fought long and hard to ensure that the voices of African Americans would be heard. the talent and tenacity of NAACP members that saved lives and changed many negative aspects of American society. While much of its history is chronicled in books, articles, pamphlets and magazines, the true movement lies in the faces---black, white, yellow, red , and brown---united to awaken the conscientiousness of a people, and a nation.

    National Association for Girls and Women in Sport:
    Strives to develop and deliver equitable and quality sport opportunities for ALL girls and women through relevant research, advocacy, leadership development, educational strategies, and programming in a manner that promotes social justice and change.

    National Association for Multicultural Education:
    NAME was envisioned as an organization that would bring together individuals and groups with an interest in multicultural education from all levels of education, different academic disciplines and from diverse educational institutions and occupations. NAME today is an active, growing organization, with members from throughout the United States and several other countries. Educators from preschool through higher education and representatives from business and communities comprise NAME's membership.

    National Coalition for Women and Girls in Education:
    NCWGE is a nonprofit organization of more than 50 organizations dedicated to improving educational opportunities for girls and women. Our mission is to provide leadership in and advocate for the development of national education policies that benefit all women and girls.

    National Council for Research on Women:
    The National Council for Research on Women is a network of more than 100 leading U.S. research, advocacy, and policy centers with a growing global reach. The Council harnesses the resources of its network to ensure fully informed debate, policies, and practices to build a more inclusive and equitable world for women and girls.

    The National Council of La Raza (NCLR):
    The largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. Through its network of more than 300 affiliated community-based organizations, NCLR reaches millions of Hispanics each year in 41 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. NCLR conducts applied research, policy analysis, and advocacy, providing a Latino perspective in five key areas – assets/investments, civil rights/immigration, education, employment and economic status, and health.

    National High School Alliance:
    The National High School Alliance (HS Alliance) is a partnership of over forty organizations representing a diverse cross-section of perspectives and approaches, but sharing a common commitment to promoting the excellence, equity, and development of high school-age youth

    National Women's Law Center:
    The mission of the center is to protect and advance the progress of women and girls at work, in school, and in virtually every aspect of their lives. The center’s resources and services—including studies and advocacy around Title IX, athletics, and nontraditional careers—help support the development of gender equitable education for all students.

    National Women's Studies Association:
    NWSA has a vision of a world in which all persons can develop to their fullest potential and be free from all the ideologies and structures that consciously and unconsciously oppress and exploit some for the advantage of others. To this end, this organization is committed to support and promote feminist teaching, research, and professional and community service at the pre-K through post-secondary levels. Integral to this commitment is understanding the political ramifications in our teaching, research and service.

    NWSA is committed to the development of scholarship and research that incorporates disciplinary, interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary, multicultural, and/or global methods and perspectives to advance the study and knowledge of all women and to create critical dialogue on the production of knowledge about and related to all women and on the application of such knowledge to social and political practices and processes. To that end, we recognize the integral connection among scholarship, activism, and teaching.

    Society of Women Engineers:
    The Society of Women Engineers (SWE), founded in 1950, is a not-for-profit educational and service organization. SWE is the driving force that establishes engineering as a highly desirable career aspiration for women. SWE empowers women to succeed and advance in those aspirations and be recognized for their life-changing contributions and achievements as engineers and leaders.

    Southern Poverty Law Center:
    The Southern Poverty Law Center was founded in 1971 as a small civil rights law firm. Today, the Center is internationally known for its tolerance education programs, its legal victories against white supremacists and its tracking of hate groups. To combat the causes of hate, the Center in 1991 established Teaching Tolerance, an educational program to help K-12 teachers foster respect and understanding in the classroom. Teaching Tolerance is now one of the nation's leading providers of anti-bias resources – both in print and online. Its award-winning magazine is distributed free twice a year to more than 500,000 educators, and its innovative multimedia kits are provided at no charge to thousands of schools and community groups. is Teaching Tolerance’s online site for people interested in dismantling bigotry and creating, in hate's stead, communities that value diversity. Through its online well of resources and ideas, its expanding collection of print materials, its burgeoning outreach efforts, and its downloadable public service announcements, promotes and supports anti-bias activism in every venue of life. provides: daily news about groups and individuals working for tolerance and fighting hate; guidebooks for adult and youth activists; practical resources for parents and teachers; and entertaining and educational games for young children.

    Third Wave Foundation:
    The Third Wave Foundation is a feminist, activist foundation working nationally to support young women 15 to 30. Through financial resources, public education, and relationship building, Third Wave helps support and strengthen young women and their allies working for gender, racial, social, and economic justice. Third Wave is led by a board of young women, men, and transgender activists striving to combat inequalities that we ourselves face because of our age, gender, race, sexual orientation, economic status, or level of education. By empowering young women nationwide, Third Wave is building a lasting foundation for young women’s activism around the country. Third Wave creates initiatives, operates specific grant and public education programs, and facilities networking and leadership development opportunities. Third Wave envisions a world in which young women have the skills, power, and opportunity to engage in and lead efforts for social justice.

    Young Advocates:
    The Young Advocates is an association of young professionals committed to the improvement of human rights conditions locally and around the world. Working closely with Human Rights Watch, the Young Advocates conduct research, educate the community and advocate change. Called to action by global and local issues, the Young Advocates are hard at work on many campaigns, including the treatment of detainees in California's immigration detention centers, confinement conditions and services for youth in California's juvenile justice system and the representation of human rights violations in the media.

    WEEA Equity Resource Center:
    No longer a funded project, the Women's Educational Equity Act (WEEA) Equity Resource Center was established more than 20 years ago to bring support and resources to the many exceptional efforts that are improving the education of girls and women in the United States. The WEEA Center was a national project that promotes bias-free education, believing that gender equity works for everyone--for girls and women, men and boys. Our mission was to increase educational opportunities and outcomes for all students by focusing on gender equity and drawing on the strengths of gender, race, ethnicity, disability, and income. The site archive contains hundreds of helpful resources.

    Women Work!:
    Women Work! The National Network for Women’s Employment is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that advocates for women’s economic security through policies, programs and partnerships. Since 1978, the Network has assisted more than 10 million women to successfully enter, re-enter and advance in the workforce. Through supporting, advocating and advancing women’s economic self-sufficiency, Women Work! members strengthen families and communities. Women Work! advocates for policies that increase education and training opportunities, ensure economic security, and provide employment support for women; educates policymakers and the public about the status of women in the workforce; develops resources, services and trainings to help women enter, re-enter and advance in the workforce; organizes state networks and projects to advance women’s economic self-sufficiency; and partners with other national organizations, advocacy groups and corporations that support women's economic security.